From a Bulldog to a Blue Devil.
After announcing in early April his intentions to leave Mississippi State, former Meridian High standout Rodney Hood has settled on his new collegiate home: Duke, his family told The Star late Saturday night.
Hood, who had committed to the home-state Bulldogs — and the alma mater of both his parents, Ricky and Vicky — prior to the start of his senior season at MHS, took his time in making his latest decision.
Also stopping off at Memphis, Hood made trips to Ohio State and Duke in recent weeks with the Buckeyes and Blue Devils emerging as the leaders for the 6-foot-8, 204-pounder’s services. Earlier this week while attending the Kevin Durant Skills Academy, Hood told SNY.tv that he was ready to make his decision Wednesday or Thursday after returning home from the camp in Chicago.
Hood, though, wasn’t ready to make the call until Saturday night, when he chose perennial national contender Duke. Hood, under NCAA transfer rules, must sit out the 2012-13 season and can’t travel with the Blue Devils. However, he will be allowed to practice as soon as he enrolls at the Durham, N.C., school.
In his one season at Mississippi State, Hood started from the outset and earned All-Southeastern Conference freshman team honors while averaging 10.3 points and 4.8 rebounds per game. He suffered a bone bruise to his left knee in a loss to eventual national champion Kentucky on Feb. 21, causing Hood to miss the Bulldogs’ next game.
Hood was the Mississippi Gatorade Player of the Year in 2011 after leading Meridian to its first state championship since 1978 and he was the No. 16 recruit in the country according to Rivals.com.
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